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good morning. breaking news. those two american hikers jailed in iran for more than two years expected to be released at any moment. this, after an overnight million-dollar deal was reached to secure their freedom. we're live in tehran with all the details today, wednesday, september 21st, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. josh fattal and shane bauer are expected to get their first taste of freedom, after being held in an iranian prison for two years. >> expected they will be handed over to swiss diplomats, who are already inside that prison compound right now. obviously this all comes as welcome news to their families, who are expected to be reunited with the hikers in nearby oman. we'll be live there as well. >> let's get to ali aruzi in oman and monitoring the story overnight. >> reporter: good morning. this long wait looks like is finally over. i spoke to the lawyer for the hikers. he said it looks like it's a done deal. the bail is arranged, there were problems with transferring funds because there's all sorts of
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sanctions against this country but he said it's a done deal, they should be out of jail today -- >> we seem to be having some audio problems. of course we're going live from tehran, very, very difficult, but the bottom line on all this is that the attorney who is having trouble getting that second judge signature now has gotten the second judge's signature, so it looks like this is going to be happening at any moment now, matt. >> obviously this is big news for the families of those hikers. they are believed to be in nearby oman and it's expected that's where the hikers will be taken. nbc's michelle kozinsky is there. any reaction yet? >> reporter: not yet. we believe the families have been here for a week as we have been, just waiting. they've been keeping a low profile. iran is across from the gulf of oman, in the capitol of muscat.
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we talked to a high-ranking omani official who said we don't know anything either. every day there's been a delay and an experience we know has amplified for the families. you wake up each morning, check with sources and try to get information out of iran, try to find out what exactly is the delay for now and for days more than a week we've gotten absolutely nothing. today finally that appears to be changing. oman who has close ties with iran and the united states played a key role in the release of hike er err sarah shourd and hope it will play an eminent role in the release of josh fattal and shane bauer.
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sarah shourd threw on the sultan's jet to muscat and taking in some sites, she visited the grand mosque so it's possible the two remaining hikers will fly on board the sultan's jet. we don't know when they'll return to the u.s. >> michelle kosinski in oman, thank you very much. >> it takes about two hours to fly from oman to tehran and vice versa. ali arouzi, so sorry about the problems with the technical connection. can you tell us how likely this is to play out and explain why is this now finally happening now? >> reporter: well, it's going to play out quite similarly to sarah shourd. the lawyer finalized the bail, we got the second signature from the judge. as you remember when you were here, the second judge is needed to finalize the bail arrangements, simply wouldn't show up to court. the lawyer had been to the court yesterday, the judge wasn't there again.
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they called them early on this morning, the lawyer, and he showed up and said okay, let's sign all the paperwork, it's a done deal. these guys are going to be freed. there was obviously a lot of back room deals going on to get this done today, that none of us were privy to yesterday, including the lawyer. in terms of how it's going to play out we've been told that josh and shane will be picked up from the notorious evin prison with the swiss ambassador who deals with u.s. interests in iran because there is no u.s. embassy here and then they'll be taken to the swiss embassy, probably debriefed from there and taken to the private airport and probably flown to oman from there and on their way to freedom but we'll keep you updated as all the events change here in tehran during the course of the day, ann? >> we'll be watching for your reports. nbc's ali arouzi, thank you so much. we turn to chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell.
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the timing is very interesting. >> the very interesting timing is mahmoud ahmadinejad is in new york, he wanted this to take place before he arrived here to sweeten the welcome here but now apparently it will happen at least before he gives his big speech tomorrow to the u.n. >> also talks, however, it reveals further this deep rift between the president ahmadinejad and also the supreme leader and also the judiciary and how could he not step before the podium at the u.n. general assembly and not be somewhat weakened by the events of this delay? >> i think that clearly will be the case. he told you they were going to come out last week and then this embarrassing delay. it does underscore that there is a real fictionalism within the iranian regime. >> two years until the end of his presidency. >> the president is giving his
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big speech today and he's grappling with the same problem that has trapped american presidents for more than half a century, the middle east. preparing for today's speech, the president was all smiles for the class photo, but while hoping to run a victory lap as the new libyan government officially joined the united nations -- >> the libyan people are writing a new chapter in the life of their nation. after four decades of darkness, they can walk the streets free from a tyrant. >> reporter: everywhere else, trouble loomed, in kabul a suicide bomber reportedly hiding the bomb in his black turban killed a former afghan president and leading peace negotiator in his own home. >> it is a tragic loss, we extend our heartfelt condolences to you, his family and people of afghanistan. >> reporter: dominating everything else this week the middle east. the u.s. is frantically twisting arms trying to stop the rest of the world from recognizing the palestinians as a state.
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>> we would veto actions in the security council. >> reporter: a key target of the president's appeals, turkey's prime minister erdowa who recently expelled israel's ambassador and ratcheting up pressure on israel. the diplomatic conflict between israel and the palestinians is sparking clashes between israel and the west bank. and protests in new york. its dispute has put president obama on the spot, defending israel's prime minister netanyahu, even though their last oval office meeting was notably frosty and even as the republican presidential front-runner texas governor rick perry showed up blocks away surrounded by pro-israel supporters to slam the president for his past pressure on israel. >> it is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the palestinians to strengthen our ties with the nation of israel. >> reporter: and as president obama added a meeting with palestinian president abbas trying to get him to back down
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and that pemeeting will come do. the president could pay a heavy price. >> some perspective as usual, andrea thank you so much this morning. it is 7:08, here's matt. as president obama addresses problems abroad, there are lots of issues to deal with here at home. according to the most recent gallup poll the president's aapproval rating has dropped to 40%. is he in danger of losing support from his liberal base. rachael maddow joining us this morning. >> good morning. >> the palestinians are coming asking for statehood, put a lot of people in a very difficult position, including president obama. if he vetoes the resolution he loses support and credibility in the arab world. if he doesn't veto it he's in trouble with israel. does he have a good option? >> i think the president's option is to try to get the two sides to talk to each other, try
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to convince both sides the u.s. is a trustworthy broker and is worth talking to, worth negotiating with. >> in three years he hasn't been able to do that. presidents before him haven't been able to do that. on a deadline can he do that? >> the deadline sometimes helps. the palestinians pushing it this hard have brought the israelis offering direct talks. the united states seems credible by both sides they can make something like that happen, then the united states is back in the role of trying to broker a laster peace, a short term peace that gives you some demagoguing political points at home is the kind of thing american politicians have pursued at their peril for a long time. >> polling wise talking about the president overall approval rate is 40%, losing approval among democrats and independents, is it all about the economy or is there another explanation? >> i think mostly what is happening is the president's approval rate eggs are softening overall and that includes among his strongest supporters. i don't think the white house believes they have a particular problem with the base.
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that said if you lose support of the base it has a multiplier effect. they bring their friends, they volunteer, get money -- >> the fact of the matter is you lose support among the base, what does that mean in an election yooer? they have nowhere else to go. >> but you need their enthusiasm in order to generate other folks, to get donations, volunteerism, that enthusiasm that's going to bring more people in there with them. >> are they perhaps sending a message? he's got a little while left, maybe a couple of months that he can take some action before he hunkers down for purely political reasons. are they simply asking him to change his methods a bit? >> i don't think the base is abandoning obama. his numbers are soft mostly because of the economy. the things he's proposing in terms of his jobs plan are not narrowly targeted to please the base. 86% of moderates say they like what the president's proposing in terms of his policies, a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes on the wealthiest people in america, 86% of moderates like that, only in america would the
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pundit class respond saying he's trying to alienate moderates. >> we node a slight change in tone as he presented his deficit reduction planning, communications director dan pfeiffer quoted as saying "we've entered a new phase." what does that mean? >> i think that means something very specific strategically. in the previous fights with congressional republicans if things didn't work out, things defaulted in the congressional republicans' direction, the government shutdown, the debt ceiling showdown. those things the party that had to bepd wnd was the white house. with the debt negotiations they have, the deficit negotiations, the white house would be okay with letting the trigger happen and that puts the pressure on the republicans they have to bend. jeff sessions said he would be willing to look at tax increases on the rich, seeing bending from the republicans for the first time, instead of seeing bending at the white house that makes a lot of the president's
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supporters very happy. >> catch rachael's show weeknights at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific time of course on msnbc. get a check of the rest of the morning's headlines. natalie is at the news desk. >> good morning to you matt and everyone. despite calls for clemency from the pope and a former u.s. president, georgia inmate troy davis exhausted his legal options and is set for execution this evening. davis was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer back in 1989 but seven of nine key witnesses who testified against davis have since disputed or recanted their statements. in a last-ditch effort davis' attorney says he is willing to take a polygraph test in the hopes that the pardons board will consider the results. the death toll from the air show crash in reno, nevada, has risen to 11 people. the latest victim was an avid racing pilot himself. meantime emergency officials are putting together a missing person's list as one of the victims remains unidentified. the republican controlled house is set to pass $3.7
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billion in disaster relief to prevent an eminent government shutdown but the move may not be enough for the democrat-led senate. senate majority leader harry reid wants to double to $7 million. in the nation's capitol a man climbed over the fence and made a mad dash for the president's residence. secret service nabbed the man without injury. you'd think on reporting the stories a couple of times to make those gates a little bit taller. >> it's a long shot. >> they always catch them, that's the bottom line. >> they do. >> he didn't get far onto the lawn no question. natalie, thank you very much.
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>> good morning, we will deal with off and on rain showers again today. this will not be a steady rain by any chance. we have a little fog to sta
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and >> and that's your latest weather. ann? john edwards is getting surprising help with his criminal defense. an ethics group plans to urge a judge to drop the charges against him. lisa meyeymyers is here in washington. >> good morning, ann. it grabs your attention when a group expose ed dedicated to po corruption takes his defense. john edwards used illegal campaign contributions to cover up his affair and child with rielle hunter. the trial in north carolina is delayed until january so edwards' lawyers can go through
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400,000 pages of investigation so it won't interrupt his oldest daughter kate's wedding to her sweetheart. cities for ethical responsibility will call for the case to be dismissed. >> i think the case is ridiculous frankly. >> reporter: melanie sloan heads the organization. your group usually goes after political scoundrels. why not earth would you be siding with a disgraced politician like john edwards? >> it is hard to come to the defense to somebody as despicable as john edwards yet in this case the justice department is taking a novel and aggressive prosecution you have to wonder why they're doing this. >> reporter: the government says two wealthy donors provided
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almost $1 million to hide a pregant hunter from voters a. >> if you take away the seedy nature and bullet it down to essence it's a typical fraud case. >> reporter: edwards' lawyers want the case thrown out saying it's unprecedented and politically motivated. >> i'm george holding and running for congress. >> reporter: u.s. attorney george holding oversaw the edwards case and quit his job to run for congress weeks after edwards was charged. now edwards claims his long time adversary brought him down for political gain. george holding told us that he can't comment on an ongoing case, and edwards continues to maintain that he did not break the law. many veteran prosecutors believe this case will end with some kind of plea deal, ann, because both sides have a strong incentive to avoid a trial. >> lisa myers, thank you for
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keeping an eye on all this. new questions being raised in the tragic death of a trainer at sea world and the questions come from someone who witnessed the deadly attack back in february of 2010. nbc's kerry sanders is in orlando this morning with details on this story. hi, kerry. >> reporter: well, good morning. that sea world has long maintained almost since the moment this tragedy happened 19 months ago that the 22-foot-long 1e 12,000 pound whale was attracted to the trainer's pony tail. now that claim isle chaeninged. the videos played in court showed trainer dawn brancheau on the edge of the tail engaged with the whale prior to the attack. sea world has long said he was
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pulling at the pony tail. >> i'm pretty sure it might have been her pony tail. it was an opportunistic situation. >> reporter: a sea world security guard is calling that scenario into question. freddy herrera saw the orca grab her left arm, not her pony tail. when lawyers for sea world cross-examined herrera and said if it was possible he grabbed her pony tail he said "i'm not sure." the answer may lie on videotapes dawn's family and sea world argue should not be played in court. >> she loved that whale. she loved caring for those whales. >> reporter: the brancheau family who have only spoken publicly here on "today" have asked the videos from sea world security cameras be kept out of public view but the tapes may now be the only way to explain if tillikum grabbed her pony
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tail or arm. animal rights activists say it is not to be believed. >> as you can see with the evidence coming forward he already had her arm in his mouth and he was moving and took her down from there. >> reporter: sea world is asking a judge to overturn a $75,000 fine from the federal government's occupational and safety and health administration. osha fined sea world for unsafe working conditions for "exposing its employees to drowning hazards when interacting with killer whales." sea world called the osha allegations completely baseless, unsupported by any evidence or precedent. sea world says because of ongoing legal issues, they won't now comment on whether tillicum grabbed at her pony tail or arm. tillicum had been involved in two other deaths which raised questions whether trainers
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should have ever been close with this orca to begin with. matt? >> kerry sanders in orlando this morning thank you very much. coming up the sole survivor of a brutal home invasion takes the stand against a second man accused of killing three members of his family, and the defense got very aggressive. we're live with the latest, but first, this is "today" on nbc. this sensor will show why my living room gets too hot and too cold!
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♪ i want to fly like an eagle to the sea ♪ 7:30 now on this wednesday morning, the 21st day of september, 2011, a little hazy as we get a view of new york city from high above courtesy of our camera on the top of the rock. >> apparently we should get used to that. al says on and off hazy for the rest of the week. >> oh well, smiling from down below, a great crowd gathered at rockefeller plaza and as ever they are exuberant waving to the folks back home. good morning i'm ann curry alongside matt lauer. just ahead we'll be talking
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about the high cost of flying. >> a new survey reveals just how much airlines are charging from overweight bags to changes in your itineraries. coming up the numbers that may make you think about driving on your next trip. and memoirs of actress dyan cannon. beautiful images there. we'll talk to simon cowell this morning about his new show called "the x factor" to talk about the pressure he thinks he's under to top the success of "american idol" and he'll tell us about the biggest failure of his career. >> that should be interesting to listen to. first let's get started this half hour with the latest from the second trial tied to the brutal and deadly home invasion in connecticut. nbc's jeff rossen is in new haven this morning with details on this story.
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good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, just a terrible, terrible story and could down as the worst crime in connecticut state history, mainly because it plays on all of our worst fears, our family sleeping in the middle of the night, then a brutal home invasion by two strangers. there was one survivor of that attack, dr. william petit, he came here to the new haven court last year to testify against the first defendant. now he's back to face the second defendant. it's hard to know where he finds the strength. dr. william petit on the stand tuesday testifying against the man who police say tortured and killed his wife, jennifer, and two daughters, hayley and michaela. joshua cokomisajevsky will face the death penalty if convicted.
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steven hayes has already been convicted. the two men broke into the home, tied the two girls into bed posts, tied william petit downstairs, beat him with a bat. he escaped but it was too late, they burned the house down with his family inside. >> it was vicious, it was brutal. >> reporter: jurors saw gruesome evidence photos including the bedroom where petit's daughters would spend their final moments. dr. petit told the jury he heard one of the men say "if he moves, put a bullet in him." he heard thumping sounds and moaning upstairs. it was his wife, jennifer. petit heard a voice say "don't worry, everything will be over in a couple of minutes." it was. prosecutors say steven hayes sexually assaulted petit's wife before the two suspects left the woman to die.
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during cross-examination, komisarjevsky's attorneys grilled the defendant. >> they're saying the real mastermind was mr. hayes. >> reporter: the lawyer questioned petit's memory tuesday of the attack, saying the beating may have made him woozy and dream-like. "maybe your mind is playing tricks on you" later saying "you did not see who purchased and poured the ga s gasoline and li match" did you? >> thought he did great? >> reporter: they wore memorial buttons in court despite objections from the defense. >> symbolizes the three girls, the mother hovering over the two daughters, symbolizes our family. >> reporter: by the way the judge ruled it is okay for the petit family to wear those
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buttons in court. dr. petit came off the stand and said this was incredibly nerve-racking, much more in the first trial against steven hayes because petit says joshua komisarjevsky was staring him down the whole time, he has pled not guilty to all 17 charges, by the way this is a death penalty case. savannah guthrie, good morning. why is it decided these two would be tried separately? >> why does this victim have to relive it again? some people think it's a waste of judicial resources as well, this is the classic case where two defendants have their trial separated because these two defendants are pointing the finger at the other so the judge would not want to have a situation where if he tried these two defendants together later if they were convicted they could complain on appeal oh, well the jurors held against me something that really was evidence against the other defendant and i got painted with
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the same broad brush. in an abundance of caution the judge decided to split the trials. at the same time evidence admissible against one defendant may not be admissible against the other. >> as hard as it is for the families it looks there will be great ear depression by the defense in this particular case. could that backfire? >> it's a risky strategy. on the one hand this defense lawyer really doesn't have any options other than that. we saw a different tact taken in the first trial of mr. hayes. he's on connecticut's death row now. this defense lawyer who has a reputation of being a street fighter decided to be aggressive even with the victim in this case. it's kind of a hail mary pass. the bottom line is this yocase less culpable and they'll even
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aggressi aggressively process the victim in this case. the jurors will be very sympathetic to dr. petit, all that he lost, he was beaten to within an inch of his own life. he has to make sure, the defense lawyer he's not overly aggressive so such that jurors feel this victim is being revictimized again inside a court of law. >> you mentioned steven hayes, does the fact there has already been a prior conviction in this case help the defense in the second case? >> well, i think all the jurors are certainly aware that there's been another defendant who has been convicted in the case. i think more as a practical matter. it's relevant because all sides have already seen basically this case tried before. so that's why you see the defense trying a different tact. bottom line is this is a death penalty case. there's very little doubt there will be a conviction. there's already been an
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admission by certain facts. this is trying to save the defendant from death row. >> savannah guthrie thank you for your perspective this morning. let's get now a check of the weather from al. >> thanks so much. we've got big changes coming as far as temperatures are concerned out west. big ridge of high pressure bringing temperatures into the 70s and 80s in the pacific northwest and well over 100 degrees in flagstaff but there's a trough of low pressure developing over the upper midwest so temperatures anywhere from 5 to 15 to 16 degrees below normal. there's that upper level low, moisture ahead of it along the southeast and the mid-atlantic coast but it's a slow mover. by monday it goes from the upper great lakes to the ohio river valley, the threat for rain continues, over the next 72 hours look at the rainfall, we're talking anywhere from three to five inches of rain just off the coast, one to three inches of rain from charlotte all the way on up into new england. that's what's >> good morning, we will deal
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with off and on rate showers during the day. it will be hit and miss but not a complete washout >> and if you need to check your weather, turn to the weather channel on cable for online. ann? >> all right, al, thank you. coming up next, ala carte airlines, a new survey reveals how much you're paying for the extra tacked on fees, that's right after this. happy birthday to you.
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the leg room, the luggage. the airlines tell us this is what the passengers want. we haven't found any passengers or travelers who have said that to us. if you feel like you're getting nickelled and dimed every time you fly it turns out it's a lot more than pocket change. >> it is shocking. you show up and you go to check in and all of the sudden there's a $25 or $50 or $75 fee. >> reporter: it's been adding up for years, fees for buying your ticket over the phone for online, ticket change fees, baggage fees, fees for extra ledge room, aisle seats, no the to mention a boxed lunch. >> you don't know how much it costs until you're done paying the fees. >> reporter: "usa today" crunched the numbers, the first checked bag can cost as much as $43 but an overweight international bag can run you up to $400 on continental and you ni united $450 on american, $250
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changing a ticket and spirit airlines charges $30 to $40 for carry-on bags. >> travelers are feeling a huge level of rage. they're wary. they're angry. they're strained in their personal lives and certainly in their finances. >> reporter: after losing $65 billion over the last ten years, the airlines insist those extra fees are the only way they can turn a profit. >> airlines need to be profitable. without being sustainably profitable they can't provide jobs, they can't provide service to the destinations the customers want to fly to. >> reporter: still to a lot of passengers it feels like gouging. >> makes me feel like traveling has gotten to be so expensive it's almost prohibitive. >> reporter: unfortunately the reality is, if you plan to fly there's no escaping the squeeze. now the airlines insist that if you look at air fares today, base fares and factor in inflation and compare it to ten years ago it's cheaper to fly today than it was ten years ago but of course ten years ago we didn't have to pay for all the
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extras. one way to avoid paying more is to fly more, because more frequent fliers get those extra fees waived. i flew here to seattle late yesterday and my bag flew for free. back to you, matt. >> tom costello, good advice as always. thank you very much. up next, the mystery surrounding the massive 72,000 square foot concrete mansion that is now rising in missouri. we'll take you inside one of the largest homes ever built in the u.s. right after this. [ man ] i got this citi thank you card
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imagine the rumors, people wondering what are they doing way up there on the hill? this is what they've been doing, building pensmore, modder day state-of-the-art disaster-proof castle. ♪ rising from an isolated hilltop high in the ozarks, a massive concrete mansion unlike any other. soon to be one of the four largest homes in america. its name is pansmo pensmore. >> loosely derived from the french. >> reporter: it's probably more thinking put in the construction of this palatial estate. from successfulent tree muir stephen huff who designed it to
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be state-of-the-art. how much concrete will be poured here? >> several thousand yards of concrete. >> reporter: pensmore will be one of the largest disaster-resistant homes in the country, not far from joplin, missouri, devastated by a tornado this past spring. pensmore is made from an innovative concrete additive with millions of tiny pieces of wire mixed in, reinforcing it against anything from an f-5 tornado to a bomb blast. >> it makes the concrete much stronger. >> reporter: so i guess you're thinking heating and cooling a house this immense would probably bankrupt you. i know it would me, except pensmore is so energy-efficient, they're not planning on spending a dime. plastic tubes snaking through the insulated concrete walls will carry a liquid antifreeze of sorts all powered by solar energy either to cool or heat the enormous house. at 72,000 square feet, pensmore
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is bigger than the white house, bigger than the hurst castle and just shy of buckingham palace and all made of concrete. when people think concrete, they think -- >> they think ugly. >> reporter: but this won't look like a bunker. the exterior, when finished will resemble a french chateau and huff's daughter susan is in charge of decorating the interior, all 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. >> we're down to earth, not swanky people, we just want a traditional look on the inside. >> reporter: pensmore is so big, so inventive, so cutting edge that people started speculating about just what was going on up there on the hill. >> first we heard was the movie star theory. after that, it escalated to aliens, extra terrestrials. ♪ into the great wide open >> reporter: actually, brad pitt does hail from nearby
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springfield, missouri, but no, he and angelina and the kids won't be moving in, neither will e.t. and his alien buddies but there will be a little girl running around, huff's 6-year-old granddaughter, lucille. do you think your grandpa will let you have a playroom? >> yes. >> reporter: does he always say yes whenever you ask him for stuff? ♪ our house >> reporter: and pensmore, playroom and all, is on schedule to be completed by late 2013. is there anything you forgot? >> if i knew that, i would nn't have forgotten it. >> reporter: stephen huff became so enamored with the new company he bought it and hopes in the
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they're all a little different, just like us. >> live, local, late breaking. this is wbal tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> i am stan stovall and the time is 7:56. >> good morning, we are tracking problems out there with a busy start to your wednesday morning. we have an accident at harford road. the outer loop troubles approaching 95 has a delays.
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there is an accident to the right shoulder. inner loop delays are from 95 on the east side and west side delays are in place. southbound 795 has an accident and another one is in the city at washington street. marlin avenue was closed between glass avenue and brunswick avenue in the essex area. watch for festival closures in this city near mount vernon. we have this accident at central avenue and rowling road. -- rolling road. that is the pace of things all the way down. >> good morning, you can see the light fog on the traffic cameras. it is enough to reduce visibility. 61 degrees at the airport.
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we will make it into the mid 70's this afternoon. we will see some light rain showers developer the high temperature will be around 75 degrees. we will be in the upper 70's tomorrow but drop into the 60's over the weekend. >> we are back at 8:25.
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it's 8:00 now on a wednesday morning, it's also the 21st day of september, 2011, slightly warmer in the northeast this morning, nice crowd out there on the plaza. we'll get outside and say hi to them in just a little while. inside the studio, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and just ahead, simon cowell's "x factor" debuts tonight. the brutally honest judge knows that some people in hollywood and perhaps across the country are not rooting for him to
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succeed. coming up, simon talks about the pressure he feels he's under and what he learned from susan boyle and also what he does with the money he's made and he's made a boatload of it over the last decade or so. >> i'm interested to find out what he has to say about that. also coming up this morning, cary grant was the picture of romance and sophistication on screen but behind the scenes there was a side few people knew. now the talented and beautiful dyan cannon, his ex-wife, opens up about their marriage and their divorce and for the first time about their use of lsd, we'll talk to her about that coming up, matt. also ahead ""twilight" star taylor lautner talks about his new movie "abduction." >> let's get a check of the top stories from natalie morales. >> good morning. the lawyer for two american hikers in prison in iran says
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the $1 million bail deal for their release has been approved. he expected shane bauer and josh fattal to go free today. both were arrested on spy charges after their arrest in 2009 along the iran/iraq border. president obama meets with the leaders of israel and palestine for peace talks. he is urging palestine to drop their request for statehood. in less than 12 hours convicted cop killer troy davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection but doubts about his case have international uproar at fever pick. nbc's thanhtruong has the latest. >> reporter: natalie in the days leading up to the execution davis' many supporters staged mass protests and rallies among the world. among his backers are pope benedict and former president jimmy carter all saying there's too much doubt about his guilt to move ahead with this
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execution. davis was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of police officer mark macphail. witnesses testify it was davis who shot macphail in the face and chest at a burger king parking lot but seven of the nine witnesses later recanted their statements. >> i don't see how one can say truly to themselves there is no doubt in this case. >> reporter: prosecutors are resolute davis is guilty. in year after year he has failed to convince the courts to give him a new trial. >> there are two troy davis cases, one is the case in court, one is the case in the realm of public relations. >> reporter: davis, who had been scheduled for execution three times had one last chance to petition the georgia parole and pardons board. yesterday he was denied clemency. officers say davis deserves his sentence. >> not just my father was taken but the future we would have had together was taken from us and the future that would have had in this family was taken. >> reporter: davis maintains his
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innocence, but at this point his legal options are exhausted, even the governor at this point can now not intervene the scheduled execution is set for 7:00 tonight. to wall street where all eyes are on the fed again today. melissa francis is at the new york stock exchange. >> the fed wraps up a two-day meeting today. 80% of investors surveyed by cnbc expect the fed to take some action to spur growth, we'll hear the decision at 2:15 eastern time and the greek government announcing more cuts today in spending trying to convince its neighbors to lend it more money. if not it runs out of money and defaults october 15th. >> melissa francis, thank you. a quick roundup of what has you talking online, american servicemen stationed overseas has become a youtube is enstation just hours after the military dropped its don't ask,
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don't tell policy he posted this phone call to his dad on youtube. >> can i tell you something? >> yeah. >> will you love me, period? >> yes. >> you'll always love me as long as i'm -- dad, i'm gay. do you still love me? >> i still love you, son. yes, i still love you. >> the soldier had previously posted anonymously on youtube about his life as a gay man in uniform. the blogosphere is buzzing over kate middleton's princess lesson. she's reportedly getting private briefings on the media, politics and arts to prepare for her role as wife of the future king. and a once in a lifetime chance to be photographed next to president obama at the united nations, although too bad one official's face was covered by a poorly timed presidential wave, as you see there.
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oh, well, too bad. 8:05 right now. let's go outside for another check of your weather with al roker. al? >> talk to the hand. oh, my gosh, wow. we got a birthday guy here, what's your name? >> hugh coven. >> where do you come from? >> quad city, illinois. >> 60 years you look fantastic. >> thank you, so do you. >> not as good as you. happy birthday. what's going on, pick city, st. paul, showers, windy, cool, 54 degrees. the upper level low is spinning up around the upper great lakes, that's going to be a slow mover, that means a lot of wet weather later on for the east, we're looking at a few clouds moving into the pacific northwest. temperature 86 degrees today, getting up in portland, oregon. we're going to look at temperatures cool down in texas, but the big story is the rain up and down the eastern seaboard, may bring flooding over the next 48 to 72 hours in parts
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>> good morning, we have a little bit of fog and there will be off and on rain showers later today. it will not >> got a bill taylor lautner fan here. what time did you get here yesterday? >> 8:30. >> he's going to be out side here, you hope, you hope. she's tense with it, anticipation. ann? >> she might be sleeping at this point it's so early to get up. al, thank you so much. coming up next -- simon cowell opens up to al about his new show and the biggest failure of his career, that's right after this.
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back now at 8:11, and baton down the hatches because the straight-talking talent scout is back. simon cowell returns to the judge's chair tonight for the premiere of his new singing competition show called "the x factor." we met up with him in los angeles to talk to him about what's riding on this adventure. he was the face of "the american idol" for ten seasons. >> the outfit is about as bad as
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i've seen. it wasn't a star season. it was a bit boring. the future is all yours. >> and the brainchild behind "america's got talent." simon cowell is bringing the uk phenomenon "the x factor" stateside in hopes of airing another hit. its success rides on cowell's ability to spot a star. you've taken off on this venture, how much pressure are you feeling? >> well, a lot. it's literally like going on it a roller coaster. you know it's going to be quite rough but you're going to have a good time. there are so many people, you know, that are dying for to you fail. >> right. >> they'll be watching -- >> you feel that? you're aware of that? you know there are people who would love to see simon cowell take a little step backward? >> you will see the most gynormous firework display in l.a. if this show bombs. >> when have you seen fall flat on your face humiliating i'm embarrassed can't be seen by the public failure? >> it was in running my record
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label. i still feel the feeling in my stomach now. >> what was the feeling? >> he with decided to put another spice girls together and i spent probably 1 million pounds of my company's money together and i had a feeling about two months before we were launching this, i may have overhyped this a bit. >> and when it happened, what did it do to you? >> well, my boss at the time, i knocked on his door because i thought i was going to be fired, my ego went out of control and he went "yeah don't do it again." that was the biggest wake-up call i ever had again. >> what is the intangible? >> looking for somebody i see there's a hole in the market. >> as awe music industry executive i was thinking what is the feeling you're looking to get when that person stands on stage? >> i remember for instance when i was, when susan boyle came in to audition. i'm not going to say, i knew there was a gap in the market for a 43-year-old you know,
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spinster, you know, who lived with her cat, because there probably wasn't a gap. i remember looking going oh, god, she's going to sing and i wasn't in the mood. ♪ it all changed at that moment, so as much as you can be record-minded about it, you've also got to be open-minded and that's part of the reason why we have an audience with us on the road. >> that audience is what cowell says separates "the x factor" with similar roads. after getting bored with stale hotel tryouts he asked to try out before audiences. >> suddenly he hit a second gear when the audience was behind him so i was watching something i've never seen before like that, where everyone, 5,000 people were feeling what i was feeling, thinking this is the best feeling in the world. >> would that kid have done as
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well without that audience, though, wasn't he a star no matter what? >> no, i genuinely i thought about that afterwards, it was the audience that made him special. >> are you more surprised by the sheer amount of raw talent that is out there or by the number of people who think they're talented? which is it? >> depends where we are. i mean, there are days you sit there going, you know, is this some sort of nightmare i can't wake up? it's literally relentless, and it's very depressing, because you kind of feel everything on your shoulders. >> not depressing, cowell's net worth, it's estimated at over $250 million. do you allow yourself a certain level of extravagance? >> cars maybe. i mean i have some nice cars. you know, i have a couple of houses here. i'm not into jewelry or bling or any of that kind of stuff >> what's the best thing about having money? >> well you have a bit -- you
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have a lot more freedom. i don't have a boss as such, so i don't have to do sort of horrible dinners with them and i can -- i've got doors that are open for me at the moment now. when i first came here ten years ago, when we were trying to sell "idol" and we were thrown out of all these networks so the fact that we're talking here now today ten years later and i've had the ability to make shows, that's the best thing about it. >> and so the people are sitting out there thinking maybe this will be the time you fail, what's your message? >> well, personally i don't think it will, but as i always say, watch the show and make your own mind up. >> he's set the bar high. he says that if he doesn't get 20 million viewers, which is close to what "american idol" gets he thinks the show will be a bust. that could be a little bit of bravado and pr. el with' see what happens. >> he tends to make good on his promises. seemed to enjoy talking to you, easy to talk to. coming up actress dyan
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good morning. >> good morning. >> people have been asking to you write this book for years and now finally, why now? >> oh it's going to help so many people, ann. it's going to help so many people who have had love affairs that have gone south, whose hearts have been broken, who don't know how to love again. i meet so many people every day that are masked, that have had their hearts hurt and they just don't know how to love again, and i think this book will help them. i think it will encourage them. >> and yet few people can say that they've had their hearts broken after being married to a man such as cary grant. >> right. >> a man that every woman thought of in this way. what was it like to be swept away? he was the one who wanted to meet you, when you were just a young woman, i think you were just 23 years old? >> right. >> what was it like to be swept away by this man? >> you know what a stun gun is? >> i do. >> well, it frightened me.
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i didn't know what it was, and didn't have that much self-esteem, but he pursued. he was relentless about it. i didn't answer his calls for almost four months. >> which was kind of crazy, but you were busy with another relationship. >> no, i wasn't busy with another relationship. i was scared. i was just scared. i didn't know why or how or who. >> we're looking at some images of you as you're celebrating the birth of your first child, your only child, jennifer, soon aafter you were married. it looks as though you were a happy, happy pair. >> we were. we were. it was a romance that completely swept me away and that's another thing, why do marriages go south in why do great loves go south? how come that happens when something could be so rich and so deep? >> one of the bones of contention for you was his struggles, his emotional struggles. people don't realize this about
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cary grant but he did not' get to grow up with his mother, his mother was put in an asylum by his father, he didn't know where his mother was until he was -- >> he thought his mother was dead until he was 30 years old. >> how did it affect his relationships and also his decision as he acknowledged to use lsd to kind of find himself? >> i was -- you know he used lsd for that very reason, not for recreational drug, not to just get high and do parties and be wee, wee, wee, but he used it to help break through those barriers he had about loving. he didn't realize his mother was alive until he was 30. can you imagine? and in an asylum, where his father had placed her >> is that why he was so moody, as you write in this book, sometimes he was so deep in a depression, not the garirilous guy we see on the film? >> the charm on the screen was a
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hundred-fold in person. he was a wonderful, amazing, dear faman who had to work throh a lot of problems as a kid to arrive where he did. what formed him was so difficult that, when it came time to really give himself to anyone, it was difficult for him. >> i need to ask you about what quieted your concerns, because there were all these rumors about his sexuality, what quieted your concerns enough to marry çóhim, because there were those images, he was such a good friend of randolph scott, of him with randolph scott, just hollywood images and since then so many rumors, what made you comfortable? >> that part of our life was very fulfilling. there were no problems. there's rumors about everyone in hollywood. there's rumors about everyone everywhere, but i never saw any of that as far as i'm concerned, that was not true. it had no foundation. >> so what led to your breakup then was really perhaps what? >> just the little things that
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happen in every marriage and i think also the fact of the lsd that he encouraged me to take because he thought it would help me, it would help our relationship. it didn't help me. >> maybe also in part because of the way he grew up, he was controlling. >> yes. >> he tried to control how, what you wore. >> yes. >> how you behaved. >> yes. >> and in the end, because you were, you know, you were going to become, you know, an academy nominated, not just actress but director, a powerful woman. >> one thing i think that's very important about this book, ann, is that i think as women, we all want to serve, we're caretakers, we want to make people feel good and in my effort to make him happy, i sublimated my thinking because he was older, he was wiser and i thought well he was older than my father. i thought i can learn from him. if he thinks i should do it this way, that's what i should do, and his thoughts became my
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thoughts, and his ways became mine, so that my own thinking became so lost that i just followed the direction. >> that is, indeed, a lesson from this book, a romance of a lifetime, you now turning the pain into that into goodness for other people who are watching. the >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. the time is 8:26. >> good morning, everyone. still dealing with some problems out there. crosby road shutdowns due to an accident. we are also looking at heavy delays on the west side all the way down to edmonton. that is backing up traffic on 795.
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jfx from the ball away all the way down to 20 it. -- from the beltway all the way down to -- 152 at harbor road, watch for an accident. marlin avenue closed due to a downed paul. let's take a look at anne arundel county. let's give you a quick look outside. here is what it looks like. just jammed conditions all the way down. it is pretty much the same situation here. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> good morning, everyone. you can still see some light fog on the traffic cameras. we will see a better chance for some rainshowers this afternoon. 68 degrees in annapolis.
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the forecast for today, mostly cloudy. the fog will burn off but we will see a chance for some rainshowers. you might be able to get by without an umbrella. in the next few days, mid to upper 70's. cooler over the weekend with a 30% chance for rain. >> thank you for joining us.
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:30 now on this wednesday morning, the 21st day of september, 2011 and there is a good reason for the screams of excitement because we've got teen sensation taylor lautner on our blah za, getting coalsy with his fans here in rockefeller plaza, there you go.
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anyway, people are pretty excited. some people have been here for haurz, you mentioned earlier. >> young lady got here 8:30 last night. >> taylor is in a new movie, action thriller and the final chapters of the wildly successful series called "twilight" saga. >> you want to talk about something amazing? >> yes. >> 16-year-old alexis thompson just became the youngest player in the history of the lpga to win a tournament, 16 years old. >> wow! >> and she did it in dramatic style, we're going to be talking to her coming up in just a little while. >> can't wait to meet her. also chef bobby flay is back, we love when he is here and this morning he's whipping up tasty breakfast treats that you can enjoy any time of day. >> all right, and if you're planning a visit to our plaza next week we want you to bring some school supplies. it's all part of our education nation week. we want you to bring anything from pens and pencils,
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backpacks, calculators for communities in need. education nation across the platforms of nbc and if you can't be here, still take part just logon to our website at >> that's cool. >> a really good idea. before we get to anything else can we say hi to jonah hill, plays in the new movie "money ball." >> hi! >> we love you around here. >> oh, come on. >> so great. >> oh, come on! how are you guys doing? >> we're doing great. we'll talk about the movie in one second. you look unbelievable. >> thank you. >> you really do look great. >> i appreciate that as do you guys but that's nothing new. >> you play a character in this movie, is it fairer for me to say he's not the kind of guy you'd expect to see hanging out at a major league ballpark? >> definitely. he's a brilliant statustician and mathematician. it's cool because brad pitt and
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i are the main characters in the movie which is weird to say. >> you're polar opposites. >> brad is the bazooka and my character is the ammunition, the ideas and he's the weapon that can execute it. together we blow through this 150-year-old wall of baseball thinking. everyone i've shown the movie to who is not a baseball fan it's important to note these filmmakers really just used baseball as this beautiful aesthetic backdrop to tell a moving story about underdogs and it's really being undervalued. >> it's about justice. >> justice and proving your value and what you're worth. >> on that topic, because here you are, you're in a role that is a lot more serious than the roles you've done before. you talked about being in a movie with brad pitt, okay. >> yeah, and seymour hoffman. >> we're excited to see where your career is going. how would you describe it? >> it's a defining moment. i feel the same way when
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"superbad" came out i felt that was my introduction to everybody, i'm making a comedy movie, like to make some more, i hope you accept me. now this is a few years later, i've grown up a lot, saying you know, i made this different kind of movie, it's a drama, and i want to make some more of these as well and hope you accept me doing that, too. >> you mentioned your co-star brad pitt, he's had some really nice things to say about you. let's take a look. >> oh, wow. >> oh, wow. >> every time you see jonah on the screen you want to give him a hug. >> you just want to hug him. >> like it will be okay. >> i foo el that in real life. i just want to hug him and go thank god you're here. >> that's not bad. >> that's very nice, yeah. he's a kind man and he hugs me a lot. >> the movie is "moneyball," opens friday, right? >> friday, september 23rd, "moneyball." beautiful movie. >> you know what, he does not give compliments about movies very often. >> i've been here before, i know, trust me. he came right up to me and was
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like "that is a great movie" if he's saying that, it must be good. >> michael lewis, and aaron sorkin. >> "social network" and wrote "schindler's list" and capote directed it. >> it's a-buzzin'! >> big hug! >> oh, yeah! >> group hug. >> mr. roker has a check of the weather. >> say it one more time. >> "moneyball." >> that's what's goi >> good morning, we will deal with off and on rate showers during the day. it will be hit and miss but not a complete washout
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>> that's your latest weather. don't forget, get your weather any time of the day of the night, online. say hello to uncle willard scott. >> who loves smucker's? happy birthday. birthday time, alice paulson, utica, new york, is 106, and loves to take a stroll and making cookies and i enjoy eating cookies. i'll bring milk and we'll have a party. caroline meyer, zainesville, ohio, home of dean martin -- ♪ when the moon hits your eye and loves to golf, beautiful caroline is 105, she golfed until she was 100. and we have george cohpening
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from sanford, florida, 108. and her secret to longevity, eating chocolates and drinking buntermi e butt buttermilk. henry kwitt of troy, michigan, 100 years old, married to his lovely wife, helen, for 75 years, and they are very happily married, how about that? david haransky of baltimore, maryland, right across the road here, 100 years old, and he used to write prescriptions at a drugstore right across from the white house, wrote prescriptions sometimes for franklin d., how about that? and lloyd pementil of salinas, california, 103, enjoys watching baseball and tennis on the big screen. how about that? that's all. back to new york. >> all right, willard, thank you very much. when we come back that young man
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right there, taylor lautner, will talk about his brand new movie and the final installment of the "twilight" saga. first this is "today" on nbc.
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with the success in the "twilight" series taylor lautner is the highest paid teenage actor in hollywood. now the 19-year-old is starring in a new action movie called "abduction" playing a new england man not to get killed while on the run from cia and other unknown forces. take a look. >> this thing that casula wants so badly, what is it? >> it's an encrypted lais of 25 people who have sold or traded state secrets. >> your name is on that list, isn't it? >> you have a vivid eimagination. that's a very dangerous thing. >> duck! >> stay down.
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>> ouch. taylor lautner, good morning. >> good morning. >> i mean, was there something about you that makes me think that all the action in this action film was fun for you, that you actually liked it. >> absolutely. it was one of my favorite parts. it was great. i had the opportunity to do most of my own stunts and it was a lot of fun making this movie. >> crazy stuff, one crazy stunt after another. >> yeah. >> you're sliding down these crazy, what, parts of buildings and getting -- >> yeah we filmed a great scene in the pnc park in pittsburgh, the baseball stadium and i got to do some great core moves and slide down that huge glass awning to the escalators that was a lot of fun and this was probably my favorite stunt. >> because? >> it's just crazy. i never thought i would be riding on the hood of a truck flying down the road. >> like 78, i heard 78 miles an hour, something crazy? how did you not fall off? >> you know, there was a little bit of cheating, but i mean just in case i did fly off i wouldn't
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die but it was completely safe but very, very fun. >> also this character nathan has a lot of emotional struggle because he discovers that life is not what he thought it was, in fact nothing in his life is like he thought. >> yeah. >> and you like this character? >> i do. i love the character. i knew it would be a major challenge for me physically but more importantly emotionally. yeah, while i was filming this movie i would try and take a step back and imagine this happening in my life, and i could not imagine what i would do or where i would start looking for answers or who i would trust and that's exactly what this character deals with. >> and the thing about it is we're not going to give that stuff away because i think that's really the heart of the story but i'm sitting across from you and you're 19 years old and look at your life. i mean, how could you ever have imagined this? are you sure -- i heard you only spent like five days, is that right, at home or five weeks -- >> five weeks within the past year. >> this is the road you want to be on, are you absolutely sure,
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and if so, why? >> it is. i mean this was a childhood dream of mine, to you know, be making movies and not only be involved, you know, in front of the cameras but behind them as well. i mean, i love it. it's so much fun, and i never thought i would be sitting here today. i'm extremely honored and blessed and i still have to pinch myself, and tell myself it's real, because it does feel like a dream. >> it's good that you feel that kind of gratitude. you know someone should tell you that there is a negative, there's a peril to being a movie star especially one that's a heart throb. brad pitt's movie is opening this weekend. you two going head to head? >> we'll see. >> "taylor lautner, oh i love that kid from shark boy." you're laughing because that's not your favorite film? >> yeah, you know, that movie typically is like for 10 years old but i mean the visual of him
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sitting in front of his couch, i'm sure you know his little kids enjoy it but it's pretty funny, it's a funny thought. >> meantime the "twilight" series are you ready for them to come to an end? where are you on all of this? >> it is weird to think we're done filming completely. we'll be able to promote them for the next year and a half or so. that's great. we have an awesome time together. we've become so close over the past four years, and, but it is a different feeling to know that we're done making them. >> this is how you really got your big splash in the world. >> absolutely. >> congratulations on all of this. >> thank you. >> looks like you're really getting started. i bet we'll see more action movies out of you as well. you're hanging out with kathie lee and hoda tomorrow as well. >> i am. >> good luck. keep your shirt on. coming up chef bobby flay
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puts his favorite spin on brunch classics. first this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ back now at 8:46, this morning on "today's kitchen" back to ham and eggs. chef bobby flay shares classic recipes. welcome back. >> thank you. >> this is a big hit in our household this week, if you could be there 6:30 saturday morning. >> no problem, that's my specialty. >> an open egg sandwich, there are things you can do wrong so what do we do right? >> this is an open face sandwich at bar american we certain an elaborate lunch. we twist on a theme, this is almost a french style open face sandwich but we give it some american flavor so we start with a good quality bread, a
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sourdough bread you can griddle. >> you don't have to worry about a toaster. >> or in a toaster if that's easier for you. then i have some ham here and this is just a little smoked ham, smoked american ham and not too thick, not too thin. >> you haven't cooked it long on the grill. >> not at all. the ham is fully cooked. we want to heat it through and then take fried eggs here, put the eggs on top of the sandwich. >> for those people who like the yolk broken that's okay. >> broken or cooked more. everyone has their own way of eating eggs. grilled tomatoes. >> you warm on the same surface with the ham. >> ham, tomatoes and then the green, almost like a salad on top of a sandwich. this is a little bit of dressing, mustard vinaigrette for moisture. >> and chives and the finished product there which looks great. wonderful. the next one is a twist on a classic and that's eggs benedict. >> it's an eggs benedict but this is more like louisiana on a
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plate. we'll use some taso ham, i made beautiful buttermilk biscuits, flaky and crusty and, are you going for if in. >> i'm putting these aside because i know the crew will go for these later. >> how to poach an egg -- >> it's not that easy. >> it is easy. put it in water. >> it holds the egg together? >> coagulates the whites, the yolks. instead of breaking the egg into the water i put it into a ramiken and i put it in. >> how long do we cook a poached egg? >> three to four minutes. in culinary school they tell to you make a circle around it so it's beautifully poached but you don't need to do it. this is taso ham, a cajun style ham and it's fully smoked, a
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touch drier than a country ham but has the nice cajun flavor. we take more griddled tomatoes, same ingredients, two different dishes. >> hollandaise sauce. >> all of the cajun spices and put the hollandaise on top. >> do you have to make the hollandaise from scratch? >> yes. >> the packages are pretty good. >> all of it is, it's egg yolks and butter. you can do that, matt. a little bit on top, not too much and then some chives. >> cajun twist to eggs benedict. talk about some of the other ideas you have. >> a cracked wheat waffle and blueberry maple syrup, fresh blueberries steeped in maple syrup and butter flavored with all spice and honey. cracked wheat, the nice nutty flavor. >> you made that at home, that's
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not eggo? >> definitely not. >> in my house that's eo. >> if you want to go there it's totally fine. nobody will judge you. this is called the kentucky 95, it's an american version of the french 75, it's bourbon, a little champagne, lemon and orange. >> cheers. >> brunch, cheers. bar american. >> brunch couple of ways, eggs done two different ways. bob y flay thanks very much. back with a 16 years old who just became the youngest woman ever to win an lpga event. we'll talk to her right after this.
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back now at :52, with golf prodigy alexis thompson. over the weekend at the tender age of 16 she won the navistar classic by five strokes to become the youngest winner in lpga history and shattered the only record by two years. lexi good morning. >> good morning. >> how did it feel walking up to the 18th hole? congratulations. >> it felt crazy, all of the fans going crazy for me, it was the best moment of my life. >> i don't want to say something that would jinx you in the future but there have been golfers coming up to the 18th hole with great leads whose knees start to shake. were you worried it's still not won? >> i had a five-shot lead so once i got the first tee shot
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done on the 18 i was so happy. >> do you think the other golfers on the tour are all rooting for you? in some ways they love the store yline. and the other way a 16-year-old just kind of showed them up a little bit, so how do you think they teal abofeel about this? >> i was hoping they'd be rooting for me. if they didn't that would be bad car in a. i was playing against the best players in the world it was a dream of mine. >> your dad is your caddie, that would seem to be more pressure in a sense. >> it's he great to have my dad on the bag. he knows my game the best, maybe even better than i do, so having him to just relax me, it's the best. >> you've been playing since you were 5 you said and your parents have been supporting you every step of the way. >> um-hum. >> they must be just thrilled to pieces. how would you describe their reaction after all these years helping you? >> like you said, they've been supporting me. i have two older brothers, too, that have been helping me out and supporting me also.
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i called my mom after and she was screaming and my dad walked away from me on the 18th green and he said "i might get a little emotional so i'm just going to walk away." >> who is the best golfer in the family? >> it's close. when we're all home we have our matches for like chores or mone and stuff, so it's intense i would say that. >> chores, who takes out the garbage. there is a question here obviously. you have to be 18 years old to join the tour full time. you can play a limited number of events right now. do you think you'll get a waiver? do you think they'll make kind of an allowance for you? >> well i would hope so. i mean we're finally in petition for membership but we won't know until next week because this week is home cup so we wanted to focus on that. >> you shook it up pretty well. >> thank you. >> you really did, a lot of people talking about so you congratulations. >> thank you so much. >> great stuff. >> greatness on your future. >> thank you. >> lexi tmhompson thanks so muc. just ahead, natural ways to lower your blood pressure but don't play golf. first your local news.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news. >> good morning. here is a look at one of our top story this morning. and man is gunned down at a busy
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>> let's take a look your forecast. >> we are going to see a few rainshowers drift into a. id will not be a steady rain. the high temperatures will climb into the mid 70's. we are going to keep that weather in the forecast through the weekend. not a washout. as we head into the weekend, it is going to cool off a little bit.
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there should be plenty of dry hours to do stuff outside. >> thank you for joining us.